family events

Looking for family friendly events? Community festivals, fun runs, shows, displays, concerts and adventures wait in the Great Lakes. If you are coming in school holiday time there are always a wide range of events just for kids guaranteed to entertain. These events are also a great way to explore the region, make new friends and get to know the locals. Make sure you check the calendar before you come so you don’t miss out on a great event.

Teach a Man to Fish

Date: Fri 24 Aug 2018, 6:30pm Venue: Manning Entertainment Centre Contact: 02 6592 5466

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Written and Directed by Grant Leigh Saunders  Grant Leigh Saunders is an Aboriginal filmmaker, writer and musician.  Despite a promising artistic career, Grant is unsettled and feels ther...

Fashion Parade

Date: Sat 25 Aug 2018, 1pm Venue: Forster Bowling Club Contact: 02 6554 7150

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Join the Forster Tuncurry Evening VIEW Club for their Fashion Parade! Cost: $15 entry payable at the door Afternoon tea includes sandwiches, scones, slices and more. Lucky door prizes on offe...

'Bash 'n Bang' Family Bonfire & Fireworks

Date: Sat 25 Aug 2018, 6pm Venue: Stroud Road Community Hall Contact: 0439 193 288

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Stroud Road 'Bash 'n Bang' Family Bonfire & Fireworks ... Join in the family fun from 6pm - 10pm and help raise funds to support the Community Hall! Bring a chair and say good bye to Wi...

Friday Evening Yoga

Date: Fri 31 Aug 2018, 4:30pm-8pm Venue: Bungwahl Hall Contact: contact@bungwahlhall.com

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COMMUNITY YOGA EVENT Let's warm it up in the hall this winter with a yoga class last Friday of the month in July and August. This is your chance to come on down and quietly enjoy the vibe of the ha...

Yoga 4 Dignity

Date: Sat 1 Sep 2018, 10am Venue: Hawks Nest Surf Club Contact: 0411 443 427

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Join our Yoga4Dignity event hosted by Yoga Hawks Nest Tea Gardens. Share the Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness...

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale

Date: Sun 2 Sep 2018, 8am-12pm Venue: Hallidays Point Village Centre Contact: 0488 160 126

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Proudly brought to you by the Lions Club of Hallidays Point. Held on the first Sunday of every month at the Hallidays Point Village Centre car park. With approximately 15-20 stalls you can pick ...

Sunliner Caravans 'Show and Tell'

Date: Sun 2 Sep 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0468 990 427

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This year commemorates the 60th anniversary of the first Australian lightweight fibreglass caravan. And, it was all done in Forster by Bert Tickner. His ambition was to develop a fibregla...

XXXX Gold Cup

Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018, 11am Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. The XXXX Gold Cup is the premier race day of the year and in 2018 it will feature 'The Evermore Pearl' 1200m sprint race. ...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Elands Market

Date: Sun 9 Sep 2018, 10am Venue: Bulga Soldiers Memorial Hall Contact: 02 6550 4588

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This small market will have legendary toasties, hair dresser extraordinaire, cakes made by angels and a wonderful variation of stalls for your perusal including handmade and home grown items, local pr...

One for the Farmers Fundraiser

Date: Sun 9 Sep 2018, 10am-3:30pm Venue: Bulahdelah Showground Contact: 0408 604 871

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Bulahdelah's "One for the Farmers" Equally supporting: Buy a Bale, Need for Feed, Drought Angels and Aussie Helpers This is a Bulahdelah Community project in conjunction with the Bulahdelah Show...

Stroud Rodeo & Campdraft

Date: Fri 14 & Sat 15 Sep 2018 Venue: Stroud Showground Contact: 0437 759 459

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Stroud, just 50 minutes North of Newcastle, is a township has a population of some 600, growing to around 5,000 for the weekend of the Rodeo, held in September each year. The Stroud Rodeo is a prem...

Quilt Show

Date: Fri 14 & Sat 15 Sep 2018, 10am-4pm Venue: St John's Anglican Church, Taree Contact: 0402 087 252

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A celebration of quilts! At St Johns Anglican Taree (the Blue Cross Church) 10am to 4pm daily Admission $3All proceeds to Quota International Taree Inc.and Anglican Care Auxiliary Manning ...

Groovin in the Garden Fundraiser

Date: Sat 15 Sep 2018, 10am-4pm Venue: Manning Valley Community Gardens Contact: 0456 640 747

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Groovin' in the Garden 2018 date has been set! Thanks to you, our community - Groovin in the Garden has had an extremely successful 2 years and is hoping for a even better third. Save the date f...

Twilight River Festival

Date: Sat 15 Sep 2018, 3-9pm Venue: Discovery Parks Forster Contact: 02 6554 2123

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Rediscover the magic of your own backyard with Discovery Parks – Forster’s free Twilight River Festival. You’re invited to join the Discovery Parks – Forster family for an afte...

Mondrook Market

Date: Sun 16 Sep 2018, 9am-2pm Venue: Mondrook Hall Contact: mondrookmarket@gmail.com

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A seasonal event showcasing local Artisans and Producers! Fresh and localYummy food, coffee, organic gourmet goodiesEco friendly, hand made and moreLive music, visual and performance artWorkshops a...

42nd National Chevrolet Festival

Date: Fri 21 Sep - Mon 24 Sep 2018 Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0412 195 703

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This four day event culminates in the Show n Shine on Sunday 23 September from 9am to 4pm! Spectator entry is free (gold coin donation to Westpac Rescue Helicopter appreciated).     ...

A Night in Paris

Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018, 7pm Venue: Exchange Hotel Contact: 02 6551 5067

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It's an evening of French fun with a Night in Paris! Proudly brought to you by the Taree Arts Council. Complementary drink on arrival, entertainment, music, canapes and ambiance. Time: 7pm st...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Dinner, Dance and Auction

Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018, 6pm Venue: Gloucester Soldiers Club Contact: 0427 581 904

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The Gloucester Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is proud to present the 20th anniversary event: Dinner Dance & Auction. Dress up for a fabulous night out supporting this ...

Longview Farm Party

Date: Fri 28 Sep - Mon 1 Oct 2018 Venue: Longview Farm Contact: 0413 508 740

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Longview is an annual event held over the October long weekend. There is a family focus / camping theme encouraged. The entertainment is exceptional:Movies under the starsFire worksLoads of live...

Old Bar Beach Festival

Date: Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep 2018 Venue: Old Bar Road Contact: 02 6553 3666

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The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year and is held on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018. Held every year, the Kombi/Transporter sw...

Marine Rescue Forster Car Boot Sale

Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018, 8am-1pm Venue: Marine Rescue Building, Forster Breakwall Contact: 02 6555 2489

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Grab a bargain at the Marine Rescue Forster Car Boot Sale! Come and have a delicious Marine Rescue sausage sizzle. Coffee / tea and cold drinks also available. When you have found your treasu...

Stroud Country Fair

Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 Venue: Main Street, Stroud Contact: 0414 863 045

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The day will begin with a convoy through town by the Wauchope Yesteryear Trucks and Tractors at 9am. They will continue down to the Stroud Showground. The Fair will include a variety of market...

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 Venue: Venues across the Mid Coast Contact: 0427 196 214

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It's time to register for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride! If you ride a classic motorcycle, enjoy dressing up and good manners, then this is the event for you! Help raise funds for Men&rs...

Live Music @ The Gazebo

Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018, 1pm-5pm Venue: Coomba Aquatic Club Contact: 0438 849 590

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Only 45km from Forster, and right on the shores of Wallis Lake, it's an afternoon of music! With a huge variety including rock n roll, swing, jazz, motown, country and international styles it's sur...

Taree Show

Date: Fri 5 - Sun 7 Oct 2018 Venue: Taree Showground Contact: 02 6551 3245

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Friday is a fun day along with horse events kicking off the show. Saturday we have racing pigs with one of the pig races raising money for a local charity, motorbike displays, vintage tractors, gra...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Light the Night

Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018 Venue: Discovery Parks Forster Contact: 02 6554 2123

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Now in its tenth year, Light the Night is a unique event bringing Australia’s blood cancer community together all over the country. Those attending raise money to help give local families fac...

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale

Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018, 8am-12pm Venue: Hallidays Point Village Centre Contact: 0488 160 126

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Proudly brought to you by the Lions Club of Hallidays Point. Held on the first Sunday of every month at the Hallidays Point Village Centre car park. With approximately 15-20 stalls you can pick ...

Manning Valley Concert Band - 100 Years of Anzac

Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018, 2pm Venue: Manning Entertainment Centre Contact: 02 6592 5466

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Join the Manning Valley Concert Band on Sunday, 7th October at 3 pm for our concert, “100 Years of ANZAC”. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, the band wi...

Myall River Festival

Date: Sat 13 Oct 2018, 10am-8:30pm Venue: Myall River, Tea Gardens Contact: 0428 685 232

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The annual Myall River Festival traditionally held in October is back & this year it's bigger and better than ever!  The 2018 festival is a fantastic blend of new ideas and attractions alo...

Elands Market

Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018, 10am Venue: Bulga Soldiers Memorial Hall Contact: 02 6550 4588

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This small market will have legendary toasties, hair dresser extraordinaire, cakes made by angels and a wonderful variation of stalls for your perusal including handmade and home grown items, local pr...

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

Date: Fri 19 - Sun 21 Oct 2018 Venue: Wingham Showground Contact: http://www.akoostik.com.au/

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The Wingham Akoostik Festival is a three day celebration of music showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia's best loved musicians.  Friday 19 October:DragonThe Swamp StompersMinni...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Akoostic Fringe

Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4pm-8pm Venue: Queen Street Hall Contact: 0409 269 939

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Chill out, soak up a few hours of fine acoustic music during the big Akoostik weekend, in our small hall venue, seating 80, where the acoustics are so good you barely need a microphone!  Artis...

Hannam Vale Open Garden Day

Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018, 10am-4pm Venue: Hannam Vale Contact: 0414 989 776

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Hannam Vale Open Garden Day will have a collection of private country gardens open for just six hours on Sunday 21 October for you to visit at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in ...

Lakeside Festival

Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018 Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0409 320 620

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Lakeside Music Festival is eight hours of incredible live music on a single intimate stage right by the stunning Wallis Lake. A bar that won't send you broke, good food and you can bring the kids. ...

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale

Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018, 8am-12pm Venue: Hallidays Point Village Centre Contact: 0488 160 126

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale - Show Event Block

Proudly brought to you by the Lions Club of Hallidays Point. Held on the first Sunday of every month at the Hallidays Point Village Centre car park. With approximately 15-20 stalls you can pick ...

Elands Market

Date: Sun 11 Oct 2018, 10am Venue: Bulga Soldiers Memorial Hall Contact: 02 6550 4588

Elands Market - Show Event Block

This small market will have legendary toasties, hair dresser extraordinaire, cakes made by angels and a wonderful variation of stalls for your perusal including handmade and home grown items, local pr...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

Free Kids Disco - Show Event Block

Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Taree Night Bazaar

Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018, 5pm-9:30pm Venue: Manning St, Taree Contact: 0422 950 456

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Introduced in 2014 to showcase the work achieved by the Tidy Up Taree volunteers and the creation of Taree's first Civic Heart, this great family friendly celebration is now a major yearly event in Ta...

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale

Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018, 8am-12pm Venue: Hallidays Point Village Centre Contact: 0488 160 126

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale - Show Event Block

Proudly brought to you by the Lions Club of Hallidays Point. Held on the first Sunday of every month at the Hallidays Point Village Centre car park. With approximately 15-20 stalls you can pick ...

A Taste of Irish Christmas

Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018, 8pm Venue: Club Forster Contact: 02 6591 6591

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All tickets $39 each ‘A Taste of Irish Christmas’ hits the stage this December featuring stars directly from London’s West End. Witness the World Champions of Irish dance tak...

Elands Market

Date: Sun 9 Dec 2018, 10am Venue: Bulga Soldiers Memorial Hall Contact: 02 6550 4588

Elands Market - Show Event Block

This small market will have legendary toasties, hair dresser extraordinaire, cakes made by angels and a wonderful variation of stalls for your perusal including handmade and home grown items, local pr...

The Merry Widow

Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018, 10am & 7pm Venue: Manning Entertainment Centre Contact: 02 6592 5466

The Merry Widow - Show Event Block

A Cinema Live Film Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce. Based on the beloved operetta, t...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 21 Dec 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

Free Kids Disco - Show Event Block

Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Wingham Summertime Rodeo

Date: Sat 5 Jan 2019,12pm Venue: Wingham Showground Contact: 0427 591 680

Wingham Summertime Rodeo - Show Event Block

Prepare for some adrenalin pumping events at Wingham Showground when the Wingham Summertime Rodeo comes to town. The Rodeo attracts thousands of visitors who witness amazing action in the arena. Th...

Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Date: Sat 5 Jan 2019, 8pm Venue: Club Forster Contact: 02 6591 6591

Fleetwood Mac Tribute - Show Event Block

The Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Tribute Show features all live instruments and vocals with a fantastic band of talented musicians. You will be treated to all the hit songs including Rhiannon, ...

Seafood Raceday

Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. Showcasing the best local seafood that the Great Lakes has to offer. Gates open at 12 noon (subject to change). ...


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